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NASB serves as an advocate for public education and local school governance. 

NASB strives to serve and inspire its members to work as a team with legislators and state officials to secure laws and regulations that benefit Nebraska’s public schools. 

One of NASB's advocacy goals is to represent the interests of school board members with our state lawmakers. NASB lobbies in support of the school boards, guided by the legislative agenda that is developed by YOU, then approved by NASB's Legislation Committee. 

To have a say in future legislation, click here to send us your Legislative Submissions, or fill out the below pdf and return it via mail, email or fax by July 1, 2016 to:

Matt Belka  |  Nebraska Association of School Boards
1311 Stockwell Street  |  Lincoln, NE 68502  |  FAX 402-423-4961

*You may also contact Matt Belka or Jennifer Jorgensen 
for assistance in drafting your Board’s proposals.

Legislative Resolutions & Standing Positions

The legislative agenda is initiated each year with your submission from local board proposals. Our advocacy team also monitors state and federal legislative developments and communicates to our members’ legislative activities, updates on state and federal laws, court decisions and other legal issues for public schools.

Last year’s Delegate Assembly to determine NASB’s 2016 legislative agenda saw 88 items approved by membership. These can be found in the above download, and are the basis for NASB's legislative agenda going into the session.    

SB Contacts

John Spatz
Executive Director

Jennifer Jorgensen
Legal Counsel

Matt Belka
Director of Marketing & Communications

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Superintendent Transparency Act
Budget Schedule D
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FERPA Re-write Introduced in House

On July 22, the House Education and the Workforce Committee announced the introduction of a bi-partisan bill amending FERPA. The Student Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 3157), introduced by Subcommittee Chairman Rokita (R-IN) and Ranking Member Fudge (D-OH), would "modernize privacy protections, improve communication between parents and school officials, and hold schools, states and independent entities accountable for their use of student information."

The bill would:

  • Require schools disclosing records education service providers to enter into a written agreement with specific provisions, and require schools to make copies of these agreements available to parents;
  • Require information security practices including designating an official responsible for security and establishing a breach notification policy;
  • Prohibit any "person with access to an education record or a student's personally identifiable information contained in the education record" to market or otherwise advertise directly to students using information gained through that access;
  • Permit the Secretary of Education to impose fines on educational institutions or the state educational authority fines from $100 to $1.5 million for failure to voluntarily comply; and much more.


NSBA submitted detailed comments on a discussion draft of this bill. Among NSBA's many recommendations, it urged Congress not to expand the definition of "education record" to include metadata, not to add layers of federal regulation or expansion of the Department of Education's role beyond encouraging consistency and providing support through guidance and training, among numerous other recommendations, and not to provide for parent opt-out of research studies.

If you have questions or concerns about the bill, please contact NSBA.


60 Days are in the books ...

The chamber lights are now figuratively off until next January.  From a school board perspective, what started off fast, slowed down some before picking up again at the end.  
450 bills were introduced to start this session.  NASB, and the Legislation Committee, then set its sights on about 65 of those.  Add in 19 carryover bills that had the potential to come into play from the 2015 session and there were a total of 84 bills on our radar the past few months.
Included in those 84 were six bills introduced on NASB’s behalf. Of those six, three ended up being signed into law by the Governor.   
  • LB 874 (Murante) - Change procedures for filling vacancies on school boards.  This bill makes the vacancy law for schools the same as other political sub-divisions.  Specifically, if a vacancy occurs in the first two years of a term the bill will allow the appointed person to serve until the end of the term as opposed to until the next election.
  • LB 876 (Murante) - Authorize electronic voting devices for public bodies in public meetings.  Allows school boards to use electronic devices for voting like other political subdivisions. 
  • LB 1002 (Baker) - Permit educational service unit boards to pay membership dues to associations of school boards.
To learn more about this session, visit the Legislative Notes page. 

NSBA Advocates For Public Education

The National School Boards Association advocates for public education. Their Office of Federal Advocacy and Public Policy represents the interests of 90,000 local school board members in Congress allowing us to be heard at the federal level and within other public policy forums pertinent to public education. They prioritize such federal efforts as federal funding, early childhood education and have recently kicked off the “Stand up 4 Public Schools” campaign to bring a collective voice in support of public education.

Click here for the NSBA Federal Legislative Priorities

Click here for more information on Stand Up 4 Public Schools

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